Riñones al jerez
Beef kidneys in sherry sauce is a treat. I first tried this delicacy in Santiago de Compostela and it can be found in tapas bars all over.
1.5 pounds calves kidneys
1 cup of Tío Pepe sherry
1 clove of garlic
4 Tablespoons olive oil
salt and water
1. Clean the grease off the kidneys, washing them well and cutting them to pieces.
2. Bring water to a boil, submerge the kidneys and take them out quickly, letting them drain.
3. Put in a pan with olive oil on the heat and fry the kidneys together with a chopped clove of garlic and salt.
4. Add the cup of Tío Pepe and chopped parsley, and let simmer for about 3 minutes.
5. Serve hot in a casserole.
Look Out for Unusual Town & Village Names !!
When walking the Camino de Santiago you will pass through 1000's of villages and towns and some of them have Very Interesting and Unusual names, often with links to their History !! our favourite was the Village of Reliegos -- Easy to see where that name came from !!!
Praza do Obradoiro
This square is the core of Santiago de Compostela. In this square you will find:
. the Cathedral
. the Raxoi Palace
. the Xelmirez Palace
. the Hostal dos Reis Catolicos
. the St Jerome School.
While walking in this majestic place I felt small next to such great buildings (and the Cathedral is so huge!) and like a small child looking at something really amazing, almost a fairy tale. It was my first sight of the cathedral and it is really imposing!
La Catedral está dedicada a Santiago Apostol que según la " leyenda" vino a España a predicar el Evangelio , y al volver a Palestina , en el año 44 , fue decapitado por herodes Agripa que prohibió que fuese enterrado . Sus discípulos depositaron sus restos en un sepulcro de marmol que estaba en un barco y que navegando , sin tripulación , llegó hasta la costa Gallega donde fue enterrado .
Su tumba fue olvidada hasta el año 813 , en que el ermita Pelayo , observó luces y cánticos , que llamaría Campo de la Estrella ( campus stellae ) y es de donde proviene el nombre de Compostela
A partir de aquí el Rey Alfonso II proclamó al apóstol Santiago patrono del Reino e inició la construcción de un Santuario que con los años llegaría a ser la actual Catedral
Dentro de la Catedral con planta de Cruz latina , se puede ver sepulcro del santo , ver sus tesoros , el botafumeiro , pasear por sus naves visitando el Altar Mayor , los laterales y como no , dándole al final , un abrazo al Santo
The Cathedral is dedicated to Santiago Apostle, that according to the " legend" came to Spain to preach the Gospel, and when he returned to Palestine , in the year 44, it was beheaded by Herod Agrippa , who forbade to bury him . His disciples placed his remains in a marble tomb that was in a boat and sailing without a crew, came to the coast of Galicia, where he was buried.
His grave was forgotten until the year 813, when the hermitage Pelayo, observed lights and songs, which called Campo de la Estrella ( campus stellae ), and hence the name of Compostela
From here , the King Alfonso II , declared the Apostle Santiago the patron of the Kingdom and began the construction of a sanctuary that over the years would become the current Cathedral
Inside the cathedral with a Latin cross plan, you can see the tomb of the Saint, see their treasures, the botafumeiro, stroll through its ships visiting the Mayor altar, and those on the sides, giving at the end, a hug to the Saint
The Raxoi Palace was ordered by Archbishop Bartolomeu Raxoi to house the choir boys and the seminary. This neo-classic building was constructed in the 18th century, following a design of the French engineer Charles Lemaur (inspired in the French Academy).
The façade it's 90 meters long and in its centre there is a white marble relief made by artisans José Gambino and José Ferreira that represents the Battle of Clavijo. There is also a statue of St James on horseback.
Nowadays this well kept building houses Compostela´s Town Hall, the Galician Culture Council and some offices of the Xunta de Galicia regional government.